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Power partially restored in Pakistan around 15 hours after nationwide blackout

Web Desk 11:33 PM | 23 Jan, 2023
Power partially restored in Pakistan around 15 hours after nationwide blackout
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ISLAMABAD – The electricity has been partially restored in major metropolises Lahore, Islamabad, Karachi, and Peshawar, around 15 hours after the South Asian nation suffered a huge power cut.

The authorities started restoring power late Monday after a grid fault triggered the worst power outage in recent times, which even prompted action from top political leaders. Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has taken notice of the power breakdown in the country.

Initial reports suggest that the huge outage comes in wake of a malfunction in the transmission line and the power plants which affects the power frequency, forcing several power plants to shut.

Current situation in different cities

Reports in local media suggest that LESCO resumed electricity supply to NTD 220KV stations, while 132KV grid stations will be resumed phase-wise.

In the country’s federal capital Islamabad, the process to restore electricity is underway with at least 90 feeders operating normally.

In the Southern Punjab city of Multan, the power has been resumed at 132KV Jampur, DG Khan 1, Dajal Pur, and Sanjar Pur grid stations.

In Balochistan, the Quetta Electric Supply Company announced the restoration of the 220KV line in Sibbi, saying the provincial capital Quetta would be provided electricity through a 132KV transmission line.

Several other cities in the country’s southwestern region including Mach, Dera Murad Jamali, Bhag, Jhal Magsi, Sui, and Sohbat Purare are also being supplied electricity.

PM Shehbaz forms high-level committee to probe

In a statement issued by the Prime Minister's Office, the premier has constituted a committee comprising senior officials for probe, while the premier also sought a report from Energy Minister.

The incident attracts high-level inquiry as the recent power outage in the country left nearly 220 million people without electricity for the whole day. Lamenting the situation, the PM directed officials to find the reason behind such a massive electricity breakdown.

Earlier in the day, Energy Minister Khurram Dastagir, who blamed voltage surge for the huge outage, took to social media, announcing the restoration of electricity supply in parts of the country including the federal capital Islamabad.

Dastagir earlier held a Khan presser, and remained active on social media all day, assuring citizens that electricity will be fully restored before the deadline.

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KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on February 1, 2023 (Wednesday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 269.9 272.85
Euro EUR 290.22 290.82
UK Pound Sterling GBP 330.48 331.18
U.A.E Dirham AED 72.78 73.08
Saudi Riyal SAR 71.23 71.53
Australian Dollar AUD 190 193
Bahrain Dinar BHD 702.68 710.68
Canadian Dollar CAD 201.75 205
China Yuan CNY 39.15 39.55
Danish Krone DKK 38.6 39
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 33.72 34.07
Indian Rupee INR 3.24 3.35
Japanese Yen JPY 2.5 2.54
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 865.31 874.31
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 62.24 62.84
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.35 173.35
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.76 27.06
Omani Riyal OMR 686.49 694.49
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 72.58 73.28
Singapore Dollar SGD 201.2 203.2
Swedish Korona SEK 25.45 25.75
Swiss Franc CHF 286.19 288.69
Thai Bhat THB 8.06 8.21

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs202,000 on Wednesday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs173,190.

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs164,500 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 179,100.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Karachi PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Islamabad PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Peshawar PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Quetta PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Sialkot PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Attock PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Gujranwala PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Jehlum PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Multan PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Bahawalpur PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Gujrat PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Nawabshah PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Chakwal PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Hyderabad PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Nowshehra PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Sargodha PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Faisalabad PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390
Mirpur PKR 202,000 PKR 2,390

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